Notes from the Glorieta
Summer Camp Superheroes
BBP Awards 2 New Scholarships to SJBS Students
Curriculum Development Phase 2 Complete
Washington DC Event Cultivates New Supporters
Sage and Dybdahl wedding nuptials support BECA
How Can I Get Involved with BECA?
2010 Sponsorship Campaign Needs You in the Classroom!
Each year, BECA accomplishes miraculous feats on the shoulders of socially-conscious U.S. college graduates who forego a salary and the comforts of the developed world in order to help indigent Honduran families and to learn from another culture. But, just like the students they teach, our volunteers and staff also need help. To support BECA's efforts, we raise money from a variety of sources -- fundraisers, foundations, social tourism income -- but by far, the largest portion of funding for our mountain-moving comes from our grassroots network of supporters - yes, you!
As we grow and serve even more Honduran children through the efforts of an ever growing volunteer corps, we must also increase the size of our support base. So, we are calling upon those of you who have so generously donated in the past and we are also asking those of you who have never donated to please make a contribution this year. Since we know that many of you will never have the opportunity to see our efforts on the ground in Honduras, each August we try to bring our efforts to you through our Classroom Sponsors campaign. Classroom Sponsors is our way of offering you, our supporters, an opportunity to adopt a specific teacher and his/her students so that you can learn about them through videos and photos (and occasional written letters to our most generous donors) and know that your generosity will enable them to learn and grow together throughout an entire academic year.
Last year, our Classroom Sponsors campaign raised nearly $25,000 from online donations -- a figure which we must meet, and in fact surpass this year, in order to faithfully fulfill the weighty responsibility of ensuring our students' academic and social growth as well as facilitating a meaningful and memorable experience for our faithful volunteer teachers. Help us continue doing what so many before us said was impossible - you too can play a role in proving that underprivileged Honduran children can learn and thrive when given the opportunity. Please visit our 2010 Classroom Sponsors page where you can read about individual classes, their faithful BECA teachers, and sponsor a specific class.
New Teaching Team Wraps up Summer Institute
by Josh Balser (5th grade teacher) with additional reporting and photography by Norah Tahiri (Kinder & Prepa teacher)
It has been nearly four weeks since first arriving here in Cofradia and in such a short time so much has changed, yet so much more has become familiar. I am now beginning to understand what daily life as a BECA volunteer really means: exhaustion.
Our days generally begin before 5:00 am when that first rooster crows and you think, "Oh man, it’s about to get hot." After another two hours, more roosters crow and I finally make the decision that sleeping in is no longer an option. That was my warm up, the day just hit full throttle. Continue Reading.
Montuca Sound System Plays Benefit Concerts
by Mike Buttram
It’s a common theme, seen and heard in every media venue we use today: the musician who uses their popularity and platform to promote a good cause. Here at BECA we all know that our cause is most assuredly a good one and now we have musicians championing us to prove it!
Okay, so they might not be as well known as Bono, but I’ve been to a Montuca Sound System concert and I’ll tell you, there is not one body that isn't dancing to the latin-percussion-driven funk-reggae that they turn out. And on top of their musical talents, these four Hondurans and one Guatemalan are entrepreneurial professionals by day, killer musicians by night, with a social twist. That’s where BECA fits in. Read more.
Members of Montuca Sound System showcase their musical talents for the SJBS Summer Camp. From left, Eduardo Umanzor, Carlos Roman, and Gary Lexer.